SUNNY RURAL SUNDAY

Today I spent a couple of morning hours rambling around the rural area outside the town called Vodnjan, about 30 - 35 kilometers from where I live. This is a post about what I saw and photographed there.

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In this opening shot, you can see a shiny beetle from the Buprestidae family. The genus is certainly Anthaxia, but with quite a few very similar beetles present in the area, can't tell you the exact species. Buprestidae are commonly known as Jewel beetles and many of them live up to that name.

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The beetle was enjoying the pollen on the tiny flowers of the Achillea millefolium, an edible plant with some pretty strong healing properties.

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On another cluster of flowers of the same kind of plant, I found a small, young nymph of the Ephippiger discoidalis, the most common Saddle bush-cricket species in this area.

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This trailer with a bit of hay on it was parked not far from me, just across the narrow unpaved road that leads through the woods and meadows.

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A bit further I came across a spider.

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The Oxyopes lineatus. A Linx spider species. Spiders from the family Oxyopidae are commonly known as Linx spiders. They are fast ambush predators capable of long, sudden jumps. That hunting technique resembles a bit the way a cat catches its prey.

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After taking two photographs with the flash of my camera on, I decided to take another shot using only the ambient light. The difference wasn't big, but if you compare the pictures, you may see it.

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Not far from the spider, a moth was resting on the relatively large leaf of some plant that I wasn't able to identify.

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This is the Dysauxes ancilla, a species from the Erebidae family. While I was photographing the moth ...

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... a lady on the tractor passed by.

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On my way back to the car, I found another moth ...

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... on the leaf of the ivy spread across the forest floor.

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This is the Zanclognatha lunalis, another species from the Erebidae family.

AND THAT'S IT. SOON I SAT IN MY CAR AND DROVE BACK HOME. AS ALWAYS IN THESE POSTS ON HIVE, THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE MY WORK - THE END.



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How are you dear friend @borjan good night
How beautiful the cover photograph takes, the appearance of the insect lives up to its name.
It is appreciated that it was a pleasant day for the search of insects, I love the appearance of the spider
Thank you very much for sharing all this information and the beautiful shots
Have a nice week

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Odlične fotografije, sad zaista ima insekta na svakom koraku 😀

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Je 😀 24 sata je premalo za sve to pohvatat.

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Awesome and beautiful,i just love how you take this lovely pictures.

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I've also seen shiny beetles like that perch on flowers around me.

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May I ask if you used some sort of filter while capturing the beetle, cricket and spider? The highlights look very soft and pleasing.

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I didn't use any filter. The scene looked more or less like that through the macro lens and the flash of the camera added a slightly yellow tone.

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Oh, love the color and irredescence of the shiny beetle from the Buprestidae family! Loved the color of the first moth too.

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Irridescent insects are a joy to watch. Irridescent birds look great too, but I see them rarely.

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